A Season For Everything

A Season For Everything

Olivia is four and a half months old and my life looks so very different than before. From Hawaii to Idaho, TV appearances and fashion events to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and play dates, being one of the leaders in bible study to the new girl at church, stilettos to strollers. (Nevermind, I still wear stilettos.) I was talking to someone the other day and she summed it up perfectly when she said, “The only things which haven’t changed in your life are Jesus and your husband. And even your husband is gone [traveling for work] more than he used to be.” Sometimes I struggle with the changes. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. I also know there is a season for everything (Hello, Ecclesiastes!) and I certainly don’t want to waste the one I am in. I know God is teaching me wonderful things and before I know it, the next season will be here and I’ll be looking longingly back on this one Continue reading “A Season For Everything”

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Cub Collective: The Miracle Blanket

Cub Collective: The Miracle Blanket

My friend Tiffany bleeds good ideas.  She is just so creative! Her most recent project, CubCollective.com, is a blog highlighting must-haves for babies and kiddos. I had the pleasure of joining as a guest blogger this week with a post on the Miracle Blanket from MiracleWare. While I’ve only been a parent a few months, and therefore still in the rookie category, it doesn’t take an expert to know when you’ve stumbled across a priceless find. Continue reading “Cub Collective: The Miracle Blanket”

Dear Mommy Friends, I’m Sorry. 

Dear Mommy Friends, I’m Sorry. 

I turned 33 last month and the month before that I had my first baby. In other words, I got started a little later than many of my friends. For years I was the single friend while they were all having their first baby and then I was the married-but-no-kids friend as they were working on baby number two or three (or more in some cases!). And honestly, I loved being that friend. It was great for so many reasons. I had the privilege of watching Godly women raise children and could take mental notes on the kind of parent I did and didn’t want to be. I also thought I was fairly empathetic and accommodating. I threw countless baby showers (which I love doing!), planned lunches around naps, watched children during bible studies, arranged dinners around bedtimes, and took meals to new moms. Continue reading “Dear Mommy Friends, I’m Sorry. “

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Games

You can’t really have a baby shower without games but trying to come up with creative ideas can leave you frustrated. Hopefully these ideas will make planning a little easier. I typically suggest two individual, sit down games and one active or group game that gets people moving and interacting. And don’t forget the prizes! Choose items that are the guest of honor’s favorite things (i.e.: candies, colors, etc.) or grab things that fit the theme. Give the games an extra touch by making sure any printed materials match the theme as well. Happy planning! (And if you need other ideas, feel free to comment! I have more.) Continue reading “Baby Shower Games”

Woods & Water – Our Maternity Photos

Woods & Water – Our Maternity Photos

Last week Luke and I headed to Sherwoods (Waimanalo) for maternity photos with the very talented Laura Wilder Combes of Laura Wilder Photography. I originally wanted to do the shoot at the sunflower fields on the North Shore but made a last-minute change and opted for Sherwoods. We did our engagement photos there nearly three years ago and thought returning for our maternity shoot was fitting. Sherwoods is an amazing place to shoot because you can catch photos in the woods and water. Continue reading “Woods & Water – Our Maternity Photos”